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Milford Sound Cruise and Helicopter Flight including Scenic Landings from Queenstown

Queenstown, New Zealand
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icon7 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English


Pack your visit to New Zealand‘s South Island with adventure during this luxurious, 4.5-hour, excursion. You’ll enjoy a soaring bird’s eye views and three alpine landings during a helicopter flight, then cruise by boat past sky-high waterfalls searching for penguins, dolphins and seals in Milford Sound. Finish with one more helicopter trip to visit a filming location from ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.’ A picnic lunch is also included.
  • Experience the incredible natural beauty of the South Island during this helicopter excursion
  • Skip the car and see New Zealand from a bird's eye view
  • Soar above scenic areas like Fjordland National Park and Milford Sound
  • Cruise the water of Milford Sound marveling at waterfalls and wildlife like dolphins and seals
  • Visit the filming location for a scene from 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey'
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch set amidst glaciers and waterfalls
  • Great way to see New Zealand from a different perspective
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Round-trip helicopter flight from Queenstown with 3 landings
Scenic Milford Sound Boat Cruise
Hotel pickup and drop-off (central Queenstown)
Picnic Lunch with wine, beer or juice
Local taxes

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Departure Point: Taxi will be waiting for you outside your Queenstown hotel
Dates: Daily upon request with a minimum of 2 persons.
Return point: Your Queenstown Hotel

Get picked up in the morning from your Queenstown hotel, transferring to the helipad to begin your helicopter excursion. You’ll meet your pilot and get a short safety briefing before taking off for a day of adventure.

Start by zooming from Queenstown over Fjordland National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage area covered by rainforest and dotted with sparkling lakes. Make your first of three alpine landings to have a look around before continuing by helicopter on to Milford Sound, where you’ll board a boat for a wildlife cruise through this sublime outdoor area.

Travel past crashing waterfalls as you watch for Mitre Peak in the distance. As you cruise you’ll also search for seals, dolphins, and Fjordland crested penguins (seasonal). Disembark from the boat and travel by helicopter to your last stop.

Fly on to Earnslaw Burn, a favorite stopping point for fans of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” Follow in the path of Bilbo as you pass beneath the waterfalls of Middle Earth (from the scene when the crew departs Rivendell). Even if you’ve never seen these fantasy spectacles, you’re sure to be awed by the impressive scenery of icy glaciers, tumbling waterfalls, and expansive fields of tussock.

Celebrate your day of fun with a picnic lunch before boarding your helicopter for the return flight back to Queenstown, arriving at 12:30pm. You’ll then be transferred to your hotel.
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Your tour begins with a 7.30 am pickup from your Queenstown hotel and a short transfer to the helipad. After meeting your pilot and listening to the safety briefing, jump aboard and take off over the city towards Milford Sound.
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Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
Soar over the rainforest covered valleys and glittering lakes of the Fiordland National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and enjoy dramatic bird's eye views from your aerial vantage point. Make the first of your three landings on a glacier before flying on to Milford Sound to board your 2 hour Nature Boat Cruise. raveling on board a small group boat, cruise along the glacial waters, past tumbling waterfalls and the looming mountain of Mitre Peak. Along the way, look out for seals, dolphins, and (depending on the season) rare Fiordland crested penguins.
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Earnslaw Burn Track
Back on dry land, hop back on the helicopter and continue to your third destination - Earnslaw Burn, a magical spot that was used as a filming location in 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey'. If you’re a Tolkien fan, you can walk in the footsteps of Bilbo and his company of dwarves under the waterfalls of Middle Earth (seen when they depart Rivendell to continue their quest), but if you haven't seen the film, you are sure to be impressed by the hanging glaciers, plunging waterfalls and rolling tussock fields. It's the perfect spot for a picnic with wine, beer or juice before climbing back on the helicopter for the return flight to Queenstown. On arrival in Queenstown around 3 pm, a driver will be waiting to take you back to your hotel. Helicopter can accommodate 2 to 6 people (subject to weights for the 6th person as it is in one helicopter).
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  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Minimum of 2 adults per booking
  • Maximum of 6 people per booking (subject to weights)
  • Infants 3 years and under are free of charge but must sit on the parents lap
  • Children rates are from 4 to 12 years old
  • Operates in most weather conditions, please wear closed-toe shoes and bring a warm waterproof layer.
  • All passenger weights MUST be advised at time of booking for helicopter
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travellers
  • OPERATED BY Alpine Luxury Tours

If you cancel within 3 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

If you cancel at least 4 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the maximum group size during Milford Sound Cruise and Helicopter Flight including Scenic Landings from Queenstown?
This activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers.

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Wish we could have done it
, Mar. 2020
We actually didn’t get to go on this tour due to weather the entire time we were in Queenstown. Even when it’s nice out the clouds around the mountains are a problem. We learned this is a problem there and in Franz Josef where some months this summer they only had 3-5 days that helicopters actually went out. Just know if you book in advance there is a high chance it will be canceled. The 5 stars is for the company trying to arrange the tour for us on the other days we were there as well as the very fast and easy refund.
Fantastic way to spend a Saturday
, Nov. 2019
One of the great wonders of the world - truely an amazing experience- recommend at the top of the bucket list
Having never been on a helicopter...
, Mar. 2017
Having never been on a helicopter, we did not know what to expect. We were blown away by the amazing beauty, majestic mountains and how close we could get to see so much of the landscape. The glacier landing was magnificent! We had the opportunity to walk around on the glacier and take some phenomenal photos! We then took a two hour cruise on the Milford Sound...another incredible time! We saw beautiful waterfalls, seals, penguins and beautiful landscapes. If you are going to doing only one helicopter tour, this has to be the one!! Photos Optional

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